Here's another instalment in my journey down the Conwy Valley Line. A quick reminder that this all happened in July 2016, so no lockdowns were broken. It also means that some of what's below might no longer be accurate. Blaenau Ffestiniog may have burnt to the ground in the intervening four years; I'm afraid I have no idea.
Now I don't want to imply that Wales is a little... let's be generous and say, retro, shall we? But there was a phone box on the platform at Roman Bridge. With a green Cardphone logo. BT stopped issuing Phonecards in 2002, so somehow this branded call box had managed to cling on for decades more. It looked like it had been adapted for credit card use as well, so technically the logo was still accurate, but it still gave me a nostalgic rush. It flashed me back to queuing by the phone box at my hall of residence to call my mum on a Sunday morning, a queue that started out quite lengthy in September, and had basically vanished by November as all the students found better things to do than reassure their parents that they were safe and well. Sleep, mainly.
Roman Bridge wasn't the next station along the line from Pont-y-Pant; that was Dolwyddelan. The difference was that Roman Bridge was request only so I'd taken advantage of being the only person to board at Pont-y-Pant to ask them to stop. I was now going to go back up the line.